Municipal and County Government

Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, March 30, 2012
Legislative Reports; News Notes
After a concerted effort by ATRA, the Senate removed H2060 (municipal fire; emergency services; fee) from the third read calendar shortly before Wednesday’s floor session. The bill is aimed at allowing Paradise Valley to impose a fee on property tax owners in order to fund emergency medical services in the town.
Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, October 14, 2011
Jeremy Duda
The Greater Phoenix Economic Council is rebooting its signature bill from the 2011 legislative session with some substantial changes that may help it avoid another veto. And there will be a change in style as well as substance. Rather than push the bill itself, as GPEC did last session, the economic development organization is reaching out to other business groups it hopes will adopt the proposal as their own.
Parker Pioneer
Sunday, October 9, 2011
John Gutekunst
The La Paz County Supervisors met July 26 with representatives from the Arizona Tax Research Association to discuss the county’s financial state and the fiscal year 2011-12 budget. ATRA Vice President Jennifer Stielow and tax analyst Ben Nowicki had questions regarding some aspects of the budget.
Arizona Repubic
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Robert Robb
Arizona's finances are in a world of hurt. We've seen revenue plummet. Agencies have gone through repeated rounds of cuts. The state made national headlines when it mortgaged the Capitol. What does this say about our state tax system? Should we overhaul it? Raise rates? Lower rates? Flatten them? Change what we tax?
Arizona Repubic
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Catherine Reagor and Michelle Ye Hee Lee
For the first time since metro Phoenix home values crashed, most of the region's homeowners can expect a noticeable drop in their property taxes. Maricopa County property-tax bills are being mailed this week, and the average homeowner bill is expected to decline more than $60 from last year's bill. Search home values | Current housing market confusing
Arizona Daily Star
Monday, August 22, 2011
Rhonda Bodfield
Pima County residents pay a primary property tax rate that's nearly three times that of taxpayers living in Maricopa County. It's a comparison that has long attracted notice, particularly for folks in Phoenix who like to hold it up as an example of Southern Arizona's out-of-control spending. Deciding whether the difference is out of whack, however, requires making sure there aren't some oranges mixed in with the apples.
The Arizona Republic
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Betty Beard
Arizona has been able to attract Internet businesses in part because it does not tax online sales. But the "tax or not to tax" debate still rages in some quarters. Internet retailers generally cannot be forced to collect state sales tax, although Arizonans are supposed to pay "use taxes" for any online purchases they make for which they pay no Arizona sales tax.
Fox 11
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) — A statewide business-backed advocacy group reports that the recession's impact on real estate is showing up again as a major decrease in assessed valuations for property taxes. The Arizona Tax Research Association reports an 18 percent drop in secondary net assessed values this year, adding up to a 28 percent drop when last year's decrease is factored in.
Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, February 11, 2011
Jeremy Duda
The delicate balancing act involved in changing Arizona’s property tax structure will leave some homeowners paying higher property taxes. Because of the way property taxes are structured in Arizona, any decrease in the commercial property assessment ratio will shift a higher tax burden onto homeowners. School districts and other entities that levy property taxes set their rates to reach a certain dollar amount, and when one rate is lowered, others rise accordingly.
Dolan Media Newswires
Monday, January 31, 2011
Gary Grado
PHOENIX, AZ -- The annual futility of efforts either to abolish Arizona’s tax on business equipment and machinery or to increase the exemption has not deterred the many critics of the tax. This year’s version, HCR 2006, takes a novel approach to formulating the tax exemption, which, if passed by voters, would increase from $66,440 annually per company to almost $1 million.